Christa McAuliffe

Astronaut

1948 – 1986

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Who was Christa McAuliffe?

Sharon Christa Corrigan McAuliffe was an American teacher from Concord, New Hampshire, and was one of the seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

She received her bachelor's degree in education and history from Framingham State College in 1970, and also a Master of Arts in education supervision and administration from Bowie State University in 1978. She took a teaching position as a social studies teacher at Concord High School in New Hampshire in 1983.

In 1985, she was selected from more than 11,000 applicants to participate in the NASA Teacher in Space Project and was scheduled to become the first teacher in space. As a member of mission STS-51-L, she was planning to conduct experiments and teach two lessons from Space Shuttle Challenger. On January 28, 1986, the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after launch. After her death, schools and scholarships were named in her honor, and also in 2004 she was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

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Born
Sep 2, 1948
Boston
Also known as
  • Маколифф, Криста
Parents
Spouses
Children
Ethnicity
  • Lebanese American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Marian High School
    ( - 1966)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Framingham State College
    Education
    ( - 1970)
  • Master of Arts, Bowie State University
    Education
    ( - 1978)
Lived in
  • New Hampshire
Died
Jan 28, 1986
Cape Canaveral
Resting place
Calvary Cemetery, Concord

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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